Why do we depend on the govt?

Why do we depend on the govt?

Yesterday, splashed on the front page of the newspaper, was an exciting article.  Pennsylvania, home of the former Pennsylvania Railroad is full of abandoned railroad tracks.  Happily, these tracks are being converted into multi-use trails, not only in Pennsylvania, but throughout the United States.  I use these pedestrian trails on a regular basis. I run on the Lancaster Junction Trail, which is located less then a ½ mile from my front door.  However, in the 1980’s a highway was cut through farmland and now provides an impenetrable barrier between myself…

Buy Now Pay Later – Spend an extra $7,000 for stuff you already own.

Buy Now Pay Later – Spend an extra $7,000 for stuff you already own.

Coupons must be one of the worlds most wonderful ideas.  First, one gets to enjoy a scavenger hunt in order to find the appropriate one, check the date, store, and brand, now figure out where you placed it.  Coupons arrive in the mail, newspaper, email, and are often dropped from airplanes. Not only do they allow people to save money, but they allow people to buy things they never knew they needed in quantities large enough to stock warehouses.  My dad was especially found of the, buy 12 get 18…

I Strive to be Below Average

I Strive to be Below Average

Do you feel like you just aren’t getting ahead, like everyone around you is succeeding in life and passing you by?  Well, it’s true; there are many people that are good at lots of different things, so in reality, people are better then you.  At first, this information can be a jolt to one’s ego, but eventually becoming a failure in the eyes of society can in turn be liberating.  In the quest for liberation, I’ve embarked on an audacious plan to become decidedly below average in comparison to my…

Free TV – Would you still watch?

Free TV – Would you still watch?

New rule, you can only have television viewing rights if you save 10x more then the costs.  Example – $100 per month cable bill requires $1,000 per month put into savings.  Now enjoy my witty musings on television. You may have read previously, that in the spring of 2005, I bought my first house and thus began my real estate empire.  The house had many great features including worn carpet to which we added food stain designs (one roommate spilled a microwave dinner weekly), a kitchen that showed its age,…

Have you ever restored something of value?

Have you ever restored something of value?

As a kid, I spent many hours exploring my grandparents barn. They didn’t farm, so the barn was used in a unique variety of ways; space was rented for an antique car collection, mounds of sawdust were heaped in one area, the purpose unknown to me, some truck repair appeared to occur in a shop in the back, and there were stacks and stacks of old chicken crates and other chicken related apparatus. I am recalling these things through the lens of a 8-12 year old boy so my understanding…

How was your summer?

How was your summer?

Today’s post is also featured on a blog called 1500days.  Please check it out! As I sit down to type, summer is within days of completion, which has no bearing on me personally.  The weather forecast is decidedly summer-like, and school has already started, the start of fall is merely a footnote on a calendar or the answer to a trivia question.  I was planning on writing a reflective post of my summer, fall provided me with a nice introduction. Let’s check the rear view mirror. This past summer was…

Free time isn’t Free

Free time isn’t Free

Who among us doesn’t enjoy some quality free time?  Certainly all hands should be raised.  Personally, I live for free time.  I don’t like when things get to busy.  I don’t even keep a planner, not on my phone, notepad, or written on my hand.  If I can’t keep things straight using nothing but my noggin, then its time to cut back a bit and simplify. Now that you think I’m lazy, let me tell you a bit about my free time.  First and foremost, I use this time to…

Other drivers hate me – Why?

Other drivers hate me – Why?

Like every other lemming, I drove to work today.  I pulled out of the driveway at 7:26, and arrived at my destination at 7:55.  For a wonderful 29 minutes I was a member of the heard, although not really as I have this odd habit of making eye contact with other drivers.  Clearly it unnerves them, as often they gesture frantically at the pole or guard rail I’m drifting towards.  Casually, as if everything is normal, I calmly drift back into my appropriate lane of travel. Some people are very…

Would you share with me?

Would you share with me?

Would you take a few minutes and come look around my garage with me?  I’ve recently cleaned up, creating actual usable floor space, and my workbench is free of clutter for the first time in years.  Normally, my garage looks like the scene of a robbery in which the burglars were unable to find whatever they were looking for, but boy did they search high and low.  My tools are strewn about; like vines, my electrical cords are twisting and chocking everything in sight. I also have all manner of…

Become an expert at something!

Become an expert at something!

How many things do you use on a daily basis in which you actually know how the item works?  Take my car for example, I know how to turn it on, I even know how to drive it, but how does it really work?  If it won’t start, or begins to make funny noises, I’ll open the hood, and peer inside just for show, but the brilliance of the engine is lost on me. I know that my refrigerator keeps things cold, and my oven makes things hot, but other…